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post #811 of 1937

Definitely.  I really think Tyll from Innerfidelity would like these since he likes warm sound signature, but overall nicely balanced.  That would lift the MA900 in popularity.

post #812 of 1937
I wouldn't be so sure, Tyll is really inconsistent. He likes some phones but will dislike a similar one, the Mad Dog is an example. I get a certain feeling that he endorses or gives goods reviews to help sales or so it seems. The Momentum on ear is an example, similar phones have gotten a dislike from him.

It is always a hit and miss with him so I always take his opinion with a grain. That said I enjoy his reviews and he knows his stuff for sure..The Ma900 is a great headphone, it can be a bit Dull sounding with lively tracks but all in all it is the best in the price range and a good all rounder.
post #813 of 1937

How do these compare with the Fidelio X1 in terms of sound stage? Which sound more speaker like and like the music is projected in front of you?

post #814 of 1937

I only briefly auditioned the x1 but as memory serves the Sony is appreciably better. It just has a massive sound sage. 

 

MLE might kick in his 2c...he owned the x1 for a while I believe.

post #815 of 1937
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Originally Posted by Kdavis71 View Post

How do these compare with the Fidelio X1 in terms of sound stage? Which sound more speaker like and like the music is projected in front of you?

No comparison. The MA900 trumps the X1 on soundstage and projects considerably further out. That is the MA900s forte. The X1 has a good soundstage, great even, but the MA900 is among the very best in imaging and outward projection.
post #816 of 1937

Question about the ma900. Mine just arrived and sounds good but I can't get enough volume out of them before they distort. Does this improve over time or do I just listen louder than the average ma900 lover?

post #817 of 1937
What do you mean distort? What is it plugged into? The MA900 should be like most other headphones that should sound fine even at high volumes.
post #818 of 1937

I am using an o2. Any song with loud bass passages makes them distort. I'm thinking the volume is only around 100db and it is already distorting

post #819 of 1937
That doesn't happen to me with my iPod, let alone a dac/amp.
post #820 of 1937
Yeah, that doesn't sound normal.

it can certainly handle bass better than the SRH1840 I'm borrowing, which distorts if the bass gets too busy.

I think open headphones tend to be more prone to distorting bass compared to closed headphones.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/2/14 at 5:09am
post #821 of 1937

It definitely wont happen with an ipod because even at full volume, it wont be nearly loud enough. With the o2 though, it can get loud so when it does is when I get that distortion. It can't be defective though since both drivers distort at the same volumes. Unless there is such a thing as matched damaged drivers LOL

post #822 of 1937
What? Are you implying that these are hard to drive. 75% on an iPod is WAY too loud, 100% would make me go deaf immediately. I stay around 50%.

Isn't the ma900 around 12 ohms? They have to be defective. The MA900 sounds about as loud, if not louder than my SR80i.
post #823 of 1937
yeah, they are REALLY sensitive, out of everything I plug into.
post #824 of 1937

I think I will order these Sony Ma900 tomorrow :)

post #825 of 1937
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post

What? Are you implying that these are hard to drive. 75% on an iPod is WAY too loud, 100% would make me go deaf immediately. I stay around 50%.

Isn't the ma900 around 12 ohms? They have to be defective. The MA900 sounds about as loud, if not louder than my SR80i.

Yah but the sr80i even at full volume of any ipod is not loud enough for me either LOL. I want to be able to play them where I get the same volume as if I were playing drums slamming on the snares myself

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